Betfair Boosts Prize Money At Hexham Novices' Hurdle 3m
- (4yo+, 3m, Class 4, 5 runners)
- Winner £4,106 2nd £1,197 3rd £599
- Going: Heavy, Soft in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 6m 47.60s
- Off time: 15:40:50
|1st||2 About Thyne||66/1|
|2nd||1 On Broadway||3½||6/4|
On Broadway 111
|6||159 11-5||Miss Lucinda V Russell||P Buchanan||112||6/4|
About Thyne (IRE) 293
|7||152 10-12 t||M A Barnes||M J McAlister||66/1|
Finnegan Paddy (IRE) 192
|6||152 10-12||Tim Vaughan||Michael Byrne (5)||115||4/6f|
Papillon Parc 223
|6||152 10-12||C Grant||K Renwick||95||25/1|
Rocking And Reelin 165
|5||152 10-12||Ferdy Murphy||Tony Kelly (7)||102||16/1|
Eyre Square (IRE)
||8||11-5||K G Reveley||J Reveley||4/9|
Finnegan Paddy clearly stays well and went close at Catterick and Chepstow last season but he looks a chaser in the making and may need this. We'll stick with ON BROADWAY, who had already won a point-to-point over 3m on heavy ground before scoring over C&D in June. With ground conditions to suit again, he may be the one to beat. Rocking And Reelin has been beaten a long way in all five starts and appears modest so along with About Thyne and Papillon Parc, he'll need to improve significantly to trouble the principals.
About Thyne (IRE) 200-1 (10-2) In rear, struggling 6th, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Nuts N Bolts (10-12) at Newcastle 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec, 13 ran.
On Broadway 7-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, led approaching last, stayed on well, drew clear final 150 yards, won at Hexham 3m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jun beating My Idea (10-12) by 6l, 6 ran.
Papillon Parc 33-1 (11-2) Towards rear, never dangerous, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Agent Archie (11-9) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Finnegan Paddy (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) With leader, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 4th of 7, 28l behind Dawn Commander (11-8) at Market Rasen 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Rocking And Reelin 25-1 (10-5) Mid-division, headway 5th, 5th 2 out, weakened approaching last, went 3rd flat, 3rd of 14, 35l behind Constant Contact (11-5) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Apr.